March 9, 2015

Sorsogon City Declared As A Pro-Life City By Mayor Sally Lee

The Philippines is supposed to be a secular country. If you are a politician, you are not supposed to come up with laws and ordinances that support a particular religion while alienating other belief (and non-belief) systems. Sally Lee, mayor of Sorsogon City broke this rule by declaring her turf as a Pro-Life City through an executive order.

The declaration was first reported by the Human Life International (HLI), a religious organization that describes itself as "a Catholic apostolate seeking to respond to our calling as followers of Jesus Christ by building a Culture of Life and of Love around the world through education, outreach, advocacy, and service."

Ligaya Acosta of HLI writes in the group's website, "Mayor Sally Lee declared Sorsogon City a “Pro-Life City” on February 2, in honor of pro-life month in the Philippines. The executive order highlights pertinent provisions of the Philippine Constitution, which recognizes the sanctity of family life, the protection of the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception, and the role of the state to protect and promote the health of its citizens. 

Affirming the right to life, liberty, and security, the mayor also cited the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the “Magna Carta for Women in the Philippines,” which encourages the State to provide comprehensive, culture-sensitive, and gender-responsive health services and programs which cover all stages of a woman’s life."

So there you have it.
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